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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Veterans and Military Affairs

How Can I Help?

  • Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf
  • Inquire about benefit claims and appeals and assist active and reserve military with pay and benefit issues
  • Provide access to resources for families and dependents
  • Assist in obtaining military records and honors and with cemetery and memorial services

If you are a veteran living in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, I am here to provide assistance with any federal agency, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense.

Whether you’re looking for more information about veterans’ benefits or are having an issue or time delay with a benefit claim or an appeal, my office stands ready to assist you. If you would like for my office to help with a matter involving the VA or other military affairs, please print out and complete this Privacy Act Release Form. Once the form is completed, please contact my Veterans Advisor, Mike Gilmore in my Peoria District office at (309) 671-7027 or by email at If Mike is unavailable, please contact one of my district offices.

PLEASE NOTE: I can only ask that an agency review a decision or expedite the decision-making process. Please be aware that although a United States Congressman does have authority in legislative matters, the power to change decisions made by a government agency lies within the executive branch of government.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact one of my offices.

Am I eligible for VA benefits?

The VA offers benefits to veterans, their families, and some active service members.  To apply or find out if you are eligible for veterans’ benefits, please visit

How can I get my VA claim or appeal processed faster?

If you’re a constituent of Illinois’ 18th Congressional District and are having issues or time delays with a compensation, pension, and/or survivor benefit claim or an appeal that you’ve submitted to the VA, my office may be able to help.  Here’s what you can do next to see if we can help get your VA claim or appeal processed faster:

Where can I get assistance filing a claim for benefits?

Nine of the nineteen counties in the 18th Congressional District have a Veterans Assistance Commission that provides assistance with filing a VA claim for benefits and financial services to eligible veterans.  Please contact the Veteran Assistance Commission in your county for further information.

The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA) also provides veterans of Illinois with important information related to state benefits for veterans. IDVA service officers can assist with filing a VA claim for veteran benefits. Click here to visit the IDVA website for information pertaining to benefits and programs for veterans in the state of Illinois.

What are my military burial benefits or cemetery options?

The VA’s National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries in 40 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, burial benefits available include the following: a gravesite in any of the 131 national cemeteries with available space; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual care; a Government headstone or marker; a burial flag; and a Presidential Memorial Certificate – at no cost to the family.  To check your burial eligibility, please click here.

How can I get a copy of my military records (DD Form 214, NGB 22, medical, etc.)?

You may request your military service records online, by mail, or by fax:

Click here to request your service records ONLINE (Note: written signature by mail or fax still required).

Click here to request your service records BY MAIL.

Click here to request your service records BY FAX.

If you are having issues obtaining your military service or medical records, please contact Mike Gilmore in my Peoria District Office at (309) 671-7027 or by email at

How can I get the medals I was awarded but never received?

Medals awarded while in active service are issued by each military service department if requested by the Veteran or his or her next of kin. Requests for replacement medals and awards should be directed to the branch of the military in which the Veteran served.  If you are having issues obtaining yours or a loved one’s medal(s), please contact Mike Gilmore in my Peoria District Office at (309) 671-7027 or by email at

IL-18 Veterans Healthcare and Benefits Contact Information:

VA Illiana Health Care System

Phone: (217) 554-3000

Bloomington VA Outpatient Clinic
207 Hamilton Road
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: (309) 827-4090

Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic
7717 N Orange Prairie Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 589-6800

Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic
5850 South 6th Street, Suite A
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 529-5046

Iowa City VA Health Care System

Phone: (319) 338-0581

Quincy VA Outpatient Clinic
721 Broadway Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: (217) 224-3366

The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home
1707 N. 12th Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: (217) 222-8641

Peoria Vet Center
5015 American Prairie Drive
Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 689-9708

Springfield Vet Center
2980 Baker Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 492-4955

VA Customer Service Line: 1-800-827-1000

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Health Care: 1-877-222-VETS (8387)

Network 10 Nurse Line: 1-888-838-6446

VA Inspector General: 1-800-488-8244

IL-18 Helpful Veteran Service Links:

Apply for VA Benefits:

My HealtheVet:

Search all VA Forms:

American Legion


Assisted Living Research Institute


Disability Benefits




Illinois Joining Forces

Illinois Marine






VFW IL Service Office